Archive for November 2007

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Quite Frankly: Just Fire Isiah

Knicks Rumors & News

Isiah Thomas is still the Knicks head coach and still their president. There’s a serious problem with that. The Knicks are 2-8 and on their way to another miserable season. We’ve already seen a sexual harrassment case against Thomas and Garden CEO James Dolan, a public war of words between Thomas and star point guard Stephon Marbury, Thomas throwing the team out of practice, and a team munity against Marbury. It’s time for someone to take responsibilty and say enough is enough.

When asked about his status with the team and the current state of the Knicks, Isiah responded, via Mitch Lawrence NY Daily News:

“I just don’t think that this is the time to panic, after 11games in the season…..This is not the time to just blow everything up and to say that the guys we’ve got here and the changes and the moves we made, after 11games, you judge it. That’s not the way this league goes.

“Again, there is a lot of time here. I do understand the …

Jefferson and company hold off Sonics late rally

Nets Rumors & News

Richard Jefferson had his second straight 30 point game and New Jersey needed every one of them last night. A double digit lead in the second half almost disappeared, as the Sonics (2-11) made a run late but were held off for a 98-93 Nets win.

Vince Carter back in second game since missing five games due to his ankle injury scored 15 off the bench. Jason Kidd added 14 points but Jefferson was the story. He also had 4 rebounds and 5 assists to go along with his 30 points. His season average of 24.5 points a game is his career best.


“With all of us out there, it just makes us hard to guard and everybody benefits,” Carter said.  

In the fourth quarter with a minute to play the Nets lead was down to one. Seattle had various opportunities to tie but could not deliver. The victory was the Nets’ second straight after a six game losing streak (five of those Carter was out …

Friday, November 23rd, 2007
Yankees Rumors & News

The stage is set for the next epic confrontation in the rivalry that never quits — the Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees.

This one will be over who gets the services of Minnesota’s Johan Santana, quite possibly baseball’s best pitcher.

The Twins are beginning to realize that it’s highly unlikely they will be able to keep Santana, who can be a free agent at the end of the 2008 season. The sides are more than $30 million apart, and it seems likely they will begin exploring the market for Santana, who is 28 and has a 93-44 lifetime record and 3.22 ERA.

The Yankees, of course, will be involved. They are baseball’s richest team, have a cachet of youngsters to deal, and have a glaring need for a No. 1 pitcher. The Red Sox are also making it known that they want to be involved in the Santana Derby.

For good measure, you can also expect the New York Mets to make a run …

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Cowboys Feast on the Jets

Jets Rumors & News

Mike Nugent’s opening kick traveled ten yards shy of a touch back, was returned 27 yards, and eight plays later Marion Barber scampered from the seven to put Dallas up 7 -0. And from that point on, like a turkey on the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it was only a matter of time for the Jets.

And then when the Jets’ only possible pro-bowler, Leon Washington, fumbled away the ensuing kickoff, the Cowboys licked their chops and slowly and meticulously dismantled the Jets in front of a sold-out Thanksgiving crowd.

The Jets had only one drive the entire first half that lasted more than four plays. The Jets’ offense, like diets on this day, was non-existent.

And as usual, the Jets could do nothing to stop the Cowboys’ running game. Unlike the Jets, the Cowboys’ offensive line opened holes for their running backs all day.

While Darrelle Revis held Terrell Owens in check until the fourth quarter, the rest of the Cowboys’ receivers enjoyed a healthy serving of Tony Romo passes, carving up the Jets’ secondary throughout the game.

One of the last drives of …

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007
Mets Rumors & News

This is almost too good to be true.

Not only has Mets’ GM Omar Minaya rid the roster of the abominable Guillermo Mota, he managed to get value in return, plugging the team’s hole at catcher by acquiring Johnny Estrada from the Brewers.

Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty to not like about the former-Brave. There’s the whopping 12 walks he drew in 2007 to go along with an anemic .296 on-base percentage. There’s the arthroscopic knee surgery the catcher underwent to repair a torn meniscus in addition to elbow surgery to remove a bone spur. Of course, with renewed life in that throwing elbow, perhaps going forward Estrada can aim to improve upon the 11-of-84 basestealers he threw out in 2007.

Nevertheless Johnny Estrada is a former All-Star and silver slugger, and was one of the premier players at the position before injuries slowed his productivity. He is just 31-years-old, and his career .280 batting average should ease the concerns of many fans who felt Yorvit …

100th Victory for DiPietro

Islanders Rumors & NewsRangers Rumors & News

Rick DiPietro won for the 100th time in his career and was rewarded with a 2-1 victory over the Rangers and the first star of the game Monday night.
Perhaps it was fitting that DiPietro earned his 100th victory at Madison Square Garden because he has not had more success against any other team than the Rangers.
Overall he is 10-11-2 against them, but he is 3-0-0 against them this season and 8-1-2 and a 1.89 GAA during the last 11 games he has played them.
“They’re a tough team … but we’ve played well here and played a big road game tonight,” said DiPietro to the NY Daily News.  “It’s always a physical game; every time you come to this building you expect to have a wild first 10 minutes. The biggest thing is to maintain your composure, even though I obviously lost mine a little bit.”
He lost his composure when he punched Sean Avery and received a roughing penalty for it.  DiPietro missed eight games last season including one …

Giants need more from their offense

Giants Rumors & News

Jon Kitna’s mouthing aside, Sunday’s 16-10 victory over Detroit should not have been anywhere near that close.

Had the Giants offense taken advantage of its opportunities in the first three quarters, then not completely vanished late in the game with a chance to run out the clock, the Lions would have been hopelessly blown out. Instead, they had a chance right up until Sam Madison’s interception in the final two minutes.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin was asked a number of questions about the offense during his Monday press conference, and admitted that offensively the Giants did not measure up.

We were not very opportunistic on the offensive side. We had fumbles in deep territory with opportunities to maybe kick field goals at the very least, so I was disappointed in that. … Not enough production on offense, not very good to be honest with you, not enough production in the fourth quarter. As any competitor would tell you, there isn’t anybody on the offensive side that liked the …

Monday, November 19th, 2007
Mets Rumors & News

So much for David Eckstein. The Mets reached a preliminary agreement on Sunday night with second baseman Luis Castillo. The deal is reportedly for four years at $25 million. Given Castillo’s history of knee troubles (he moved with a pronounced limp during his tenure at Shea last season), you can’t like the number of years on the contract. However, given that Eckstein was said to be seeking a deal in line with the one Julio Lugo received from the Red Sox (four years, $36 million) last offseason, the price tag is easier to swallow. For what it’s worth, Castillo had surgery at the end of the season to clean up the bothersome knee and the Mets expect he will be healthy well before Spring Training.

Of course, given the drama that unfolded with catcher Yorvit Torrealba, I’m anxious to see when this announcement becomes official. Can you imagine negotiations breaking down on yet another “done deal”.

Meanwhile, in related news, Tom Glavine will be returning …

For Rangers Defense Wins

Rangers Rumors & News

The Rangers have won five games in a row and face the New York Islanders tonight, the only team to beat them in three weeks.

As a team they have scored the third fewest goals in the NHL, but have been able to win due to a commitment to defense which has seen contributions by everyone from Henrik Lundqvist to a pair of back checking 600-goal scorers.

Lately it has become more obvious that the once perceived weakness of the Rangers, their blue-line, is becoming an area of strength.

Coming into this season most of the talk surrounding the Rangers was focused on the idea that new centers Chris Drury and Scott Gomez would lead an offensive juggernaut to the Stanley Cup. As they sputtered early focus changed to fixing the defense with bigger more offensive players like Sheldon Souray and Ed Jovanovski who might be able to jump start the offense. Instead what has taken over the Rangers is their group of young mobile defensemen who play strong fundamental hockey.

“I …

Giants Rumors & News

The New York Giants’ 16-10 victory over Detroit Sunday was a nerve-wracking one. It was filled with missed offensive opportunities and big defensive plays.

As we always do, let’s review, ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ style.

Kudos to …

• Michael Strahan: Just three days short of his 36th birthday he played his best game in two or three seasons. Strahan had three sacks and six tackles to lead the Giants defense.

• James Butler: The much-maligned safety made the play of the game, leaping and outwrestling Shaun McDonald of the Lions to intercept a pass that — if completed — would have given the Lions the lead late in the fourth quarter. This was the play that ultimately decided the outcome of the game.

• Eli Manning: So much for all that nonsense we heard about Eli’s confidence being shaken after the loss to Dallas a week ago. Manning was outstanding, completing 28-of-39 for 283 yards and a touchdown. He managed the game well, and his numbers would have been …

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

The Curtain Closes on the Steelers

Jets Rumors & News

The Steelers came into the Meadowlands with league-leading statistics on both sides of the ball, a defense bringing back memories of the Steel Curtain days, and a large contingency of black and gold fans in the stands. As the fat lady sang, they left with one more loss. 

The Jets jumped out to a 7-0 lead with a touch-down drive on their very first possession. But with a 13-7 halftime lead, the assumption was the Jets would fold in the 2nd half like they have so often this season.

The Jets were held scoreless the entire second half until they drove the length of the field with time running out, but also allowed the Steelers just 10 points. The Jets had a first and goal from the five with under a minute left, but failed to get into the end zone with plays that included a spike to stop the clock, two incomplete passes, and a delay-of-game penalty. Mike Nugent’s 28-yard field goal was good and Pittsburgh failed to win the game on their final possession, getting the ball back with just …

Rivera to agree on 3-Year offer from Yanks

Yankees Rumors & News

According to the NY Post , Mariano Rivera will accept the Yankees 3-year $45 million contract. Rivera is expected to meet with his agent and his representatives today. The deal can be announced early this week.

If and when Rivera signs, Alex Rodriguez’ 10-year $275 million contract will follow. A-Rod is expected to win his third MVP award Monday when it is announced.

There were many reports this week stating Rivera wanted a fourth year. It appears that Rivera will be just fine with the 3 years offered from the Yankees.For the first time in his career he tested the open market as a free agent. He has been with the organization since 1990. He along with Derek Jeter, recently re-signed Jorge Posada, and Andy Pettitte are the only holdovers from the championship years (’96, ’98-2000). He currently ranks third on the all-time career saves list with 443.

The greatest closer of all-time will finish his career in the Bronx, which should make many fans proud. The end of the game still belongs …

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